Wikipedia:Meetup/UNC/NC Heritage Award Winners 2016

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The North Carolina Collection and the Southern Folklife Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host Wilson Library's fourth edit-a-thon on April 5, 2016. Join library staff and students at UNC's School of Information and Library Science for an evening of social Wikipedia editing in Wilson Library.

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UNC-CH Wilson Library

At the edit-a-thon, which is open to the public, we will create and improve Wikipedia articles about North Carolina Heritage Award winners. This event is offered in anticipation of the North Carolina Heritage Awards ceremony, which will be presented in May by PineCone and the North Carolina Arts Council.

All are invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia editing experience needed. A brief workshop on the basics of Wikipedia editing will be offered at the start of the edit-a-thon. We will have library resources and a list of suggested topics on hand.


WHEN: Tuesday, April 5, from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m. Come when you can, stay as long as you would like.

  • Please arrive at 5:00 pm if you'd like to attend the Wikipedia basics workshop.

WHERE: Wilson Library, Room 504, on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

WHO: Anyone!

  • Experienced or new Wikipedians (We will provide assistance with Wikipedia formatting and syntax.).
  • Amateur historians or research pros (We will have a selection of North Carolina Collection and Southern Folklife Collection resources and a mini reference desk available for your use. We can also pull additional materials as needed.).
  • UNC faculty, staff, and students.

WHAT TO BRING: A laptop. We'll help you access the University's wireless network.


  • Enter Wilson Library through the main front entrance. Volunteers will be there to greet you.
  • There are several parking options within a few blocks of Wilson Library, including the Rams Head Parking Deck on Ridge Road and metered parking along South Road and Country Club Road. Please see the Department of Public Safety’s Map of Visitor and Metered Parking for a complete list of visitor parking on UNC’s campus.
  • For information about disability parking, see the Wilson Library website.

WILL THERE BE FOOD? Yes! We'll have pizza, a few salad options, and soft drinks for participants.

WILL THERE BE FREE STUFF? Yes! We'll have free posters featuring North Carolina-related images.

WILL THERE BE PRIZES? Yes again! Each hour during the event we'll raffle off books, CDs, and more related to our theme of traditional North Carolina artists. All participants will also be eligible to participate in a drawing for a $30 gift card for the UNC Student Stores and a tote bag from the Wiki Education Foundation.

Participating Remotely[edit]

We'll be updating the topic list in real time, with editors signing next to articles they're working on, so anyone with a Wikipedia account can log on and do the same. We'll be available during the event for comments and questions on Twitter @NCCollection, and we'll be tweeting with the hashtag #wikiNC. You can also direct message us on Twitter with reference questions. We welcome remote participants, and hope these options will allow you to participate!

Suggested Topics[edit]















Online Research Sources[edit]

Wikipedia Help[edit]

Other local edit-a-thons[edit]

This is one of several edit-a-thons happening in Chapel Hill and Durham in April 2016. If you're in the area, please consider participating in the following meet-ups as well!

Meetups at UNC-Chapel Hill

Meetups at Duke University and in Durham


Please add your name below if you are planning to attend.

  1. AnitaWoodley
  2. Sodapopinski7 (talk)
  3. nrcugaunc
  4. 0_breakfasttaco_0
  5. PineConeNC
  6. Lilaclens (talk)
  7. Frankcjones (talk) 14:30, 23 March 2016 (UTC) I'll be online during the event and can answer questions about editing Wikipedia articles.
  8. Kennyle78 (talk)
  9. its-a-scab (talk)
  10. ejgaddis (talk)
  11. Rhea Ranger (talk)
  12. Ongmianli (talk)

Event Outcomes[edit]

We created the following articles:

We improved the following articles:

Research was done on the following topics:

  • The Branchettes (Gospel Singers)
  • Benton Flippen (Fiddler)
  • Marvin Gaster (Banjo player)
  • Joe & Odell Thompson (Fiddler & banjo player)
  • Celia Cole Perkinson & Neolia Cole Womack (Potters)